June 11-12, 2021
2 Tammuz 5781

Shalom AKSE Congregants and Friends of AKSE:

We are excited to be holding in-person services in our new home for the first time this Shabbat. We hope to welcome you there for at least one of those services. Kabbalat Shabbat services are at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Shabbat morning services are at 9 a.m. Saturday. And Shabbat afternoon services (Mincha/Torah study/Ma'ariv) are at 8:15 p.m. Saturday. Those unable to attend can also join us via Zoom both before (6:30 p.m. Friday) and after (9:20 p.m. Saturday) Shabbat. See details below.

We are restarting the printed Shabbat newsletter for those attending services. This Shabbat's printed newsletter may also be viewed online here. You will find candle lighting, service and Havdalah times, service leaders, Torah and Haftorah readings, and this week's Yahrzeits there. Safety guidelines for in-person attendees may also be found there, as well as below.

It is now Rosh Chodesh Tammuz. Join us on Zoom for Shacharit and Hallel Friday morning at 8 a.m.

Our annual congregational meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. Congregants received a special mailing with complete details (please note special instructions for those wanting to connect to the meeting via telephone). Please make every effort to attend. The meeting agenda will include an update on our new home, including exciting news about upcoming summer events to re-engage in person and to tour our building.

As a reminder, it is already time to order New Year's honey greetings. See details below for separate Sisterhood projects 1) to send greetings with one jar of honey to each member of our AKSE family, and 2) to send greetings and jars of honey to non-member family and friends.

SAVE THE DATE - July 25 at 1 p.m. at the Siegel JCC. Faith Brown and Family invite the community to a Celebration of Life for Louis Brown. See announcement below.

Chodesh Tov v'Shabbat Shalom!



Friday, June 11 at 8 a.m. -- Shacharit/Hallel (Rosh Chodesh Tammuz)

Friday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. -- Kabbalat Shabbat together with in-person service

Saturday, June 12 at 9:20 p.m. -- Ma'ariv, Havdalah together with in-person service

Wednesday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. -- Annual Congregational Meeting (congregants only--detailed information was provided in a recent mailing)

No Parsha & Pizza or history classes this week.

Connection to all AKSE events is the same - either of two options:

1) Video and Audio on PC, tablet, or smartphone
Click on this link to join Zoom meeting: 

2) Phone
Dial in to +1 646-558-8656 and input Meeting ID: 628 081 3362

This Friday and Saturday, June 11-12

PLACE: Our new home at 2412 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19806. Find it on Google Maps here. Park in the parking lot behind Immanuel Church. Our building entrance faces the parking lot.

Friday at 6:30 p.m. - Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat, Ma'ariv
Saturday at 9 a.m. - Shacharit, Torah reading, Musaf, followed by Kiddush
Saturday at 8:15 p.m. - Mincha, Torah reading, Torah study
Saturday at 9:20 p.m. - Ma'ariv, Havdalah

Are you unvaccinated? Then,
  • Masks are mandatory
  • A minimum 6-foot separation is to be maintained between you and any other attendee who does not live with you
Are you fully vaccinated? Then,
  • Masks are optional
  • A minimum 3-foot separation is to be maintained between you and any other fully vaccinated individual who does not live with you
Please let the usher know your vaccination status, so that he/she can seat you appropriately. Hand sanitizers, masks, and gloves will be available.

Tuesdays, June 15, 22 and 29 at 3:30 p.m.

Join us for an outdoor Mincha service. The services take place at the Siegel JCC, in the parking lot past the swimming pool.

If you would like to sit during the service, please bring a lawn chair or other portable chair; also, please bring a siddur. Consistent with current CDC regulations, mask wearing is only required for those who are not fully vaccinated.

If you plan to attend, please let Rabbi Saks know by texting or phoning him at 302-494-7928 or emailing him at stevensaks5@gmail.com. That way we can ensure a minyan and also inform you of any changes due to weather. A decision will be made by 12 noon on the day of the service in case of inclement weather.

Wednesday, June 16 at 7:30 PM

Congregants received a mailing with details about our annual congregational meeting. The meeting will be held via Zoom. Please make every effort to attend. The meeting agenda will include an update on our new home, including exciting news about upcoming summer events to re-engage in person and to tour our building.

Please note that, if you plan to attend via telephone, you must register the phone number with the Office no later than 2 PM Monday! Callers using phone numbers that are not on the “Official List” will not be given access to the meeting.


On Friday, June 4 congregants should have received an email with AKSE Rosh Hashanah Honey Greetings in the subject line. This email guides you through the steps to send honey to all AKSE members for just $118 or designate certain individuals/families. You can even customize your greetings. The deadline to send honey to AKSE members is August 13th, so that we have time to prepare and mail out the lists of those who have contributed.

Payment may be made by check (payable to AKSE Sisterhood) or via credit card online. Checks should be mailed to: Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth, (Attention Sisterhood), 2412 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19806.

It's just as simple to send jars of honey to non-member friends and family all over the US by going to www.honeyfromtheheart.org/AKSThese jars cost $13 and delivery is free if you order before July 7th.
Now that we are in our new building, Sisterhood will be able to use the funds that we raise to support activities and events. Support Sisterhood and at the same time start the new year on a sweet note! If you have any questions about ordering either for AKSE members or others, email Sylvia Wagman at srwag8@comcast.net.

Here's how to send honey greetings to fellow AKSE members:

Here's how to send honey greetings to non-member family and friends:


Sunday, July 25 at 1 PM
Siegel JCC

Faith Brown and Family invite the community to attend a Celebration of Life for Louis Brown.


Here is Rabbi Saks in his office in our new building. He welcomes in-person meetings there. To schedule a meeting, please contact him at stevensaks5@gmail.com or 302-494-7928 or through the shul office. 

History Course via Zoom by Rabbi Saks
Thursdays at 6 PM

Please note that there will be no class this Thursday, June 17.

If you missed previous lectures, you can view them here:

The Dead Sea Scrolls provide us with an invaluable window into the Judaism of the latter Second Temple Period. This is the Judaism from which modern Judaism and Christianity were born. 
Based on the lecture series of Professor Lawrence Schiffman:
The Dead Sea Scrolls: The Truth Behind the Mystique.
Regularly on Thursdays at 6 PM. Lecture subjects are:
The Qumran Library 
Scandal and Publication 
Sects of the Second Temple 
The Halachic letter and the Sect’s
The Qumran Sect
Women and the Dead Sea Sect
Beliefs of the Sect
Biblical Interpretation
The Torah During the Second Temple 
The Messiah and the End of Time
The Temple Scroll 
The Scrolls, Judaism and Christianity 
Controversial Messianic Text 
The Scrolls Today  


Delaware's vaccination program now includes everyone 12 and over.

You can go to Delaware (COVID-19) Vaccination Info for information about where to get a vaccine. There are three possible places to get the vaccine in Delaware: public vaccination events, pharmacies, and doctors.

Here are the links for several pharmacies currently giving COVID vaccines:
See other pharmacy options here. Some pharmacies are planning walk-in options.

You can also contact your doctor to ask whether he/she is offering vaccinations or can help direct you to where to get vaccinated.

Here are two websites that can help you identify locations near you with available vaccine appointments: vaccinefinder.org/search/ and vaccinespotter.org/DE/. Please note that the following individuals are also helping those eligible for the vaccine to schedule appointments. You can email them and leave your name, date of birth, and best phone number to contact you:
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The June 2021 SHOFAR is available online.

Office Hours

Our office hours are 10 AM to 2 PM Monday to Thursday. During these times at least one of our office staff will be in the office and respond promptly to emails (office@AKSE.org  and  bookkeeper@AKSE.org) and phone calls (302-762-2705).
Bring Your Shoes to Shul

Our successful shoe recycling project continues at our new location. Clean out your closets and start looking under your bed for gently used shoes. Every pair you recycle means shoes for those in need, extra funds for us, and less landfill waste. A triple mitzvah! See details here.
Shop at Amazon and Earn Money for AKSE

Visit the AKSE website and scroll down to the "Shop at Amazon" link. Once this link is clicked, any purchases you make from Amazon will  earn AKSE 4%-10% of your purchase total! See the AKSE website  for further instruction. Let your friends and family know how easily they too can raise funds for AKSE!
Purchase Gift Cards and Support AKSE

It's FAST ..... It's FUN ..... It's EASY. AKSE receives 5% of the face value of the gift card and it does not cost you a penny extra!
Gift Cards Available
ShopRite, ACME, Super G ($50, $100 denominations), 
Please see details here.
email:  enews@AKSE.org
web site:  http://www.AKSE.org
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